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Montana adds 135 new COVID-19 cases, one more death

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Montana added 135 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and one more resident has died due to the virus.

The number of confirmed active cases in the state dropped for the second day in a row to 1,059, down from 1,098 the previous day. The most recent death reported by the Montana Department of Public Health brought the statewide death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,598 people.

The man was a Dillon resident in his 30s who died in August 2020. COVID-19 was “a significant condition contributing” to his death, according to a statement posted to social media by the Beaverhead County Public Health Department.

“In this situation, the death was identified several months later through the normal death reconciliation process at the state level, the statement read.

His would have been the first COVID-related death in Beaverhead County. In all, the county has recorded the deaths of 11 Beaverhead County residents.

As of Friday, Montana health care workers had administered 764,249 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, according to DPHHS data. More than 365,000 residents are now considered to be fully vaccinated, an increase of about 4,000 people in the past day. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention considers a person completely vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second required dose.

State health officials followed the recommendations of the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday and allowed those aged 12-15 to begin receiving doses of the Pfizer vaccine. On the same day, the CDC updated its guidance to allow fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks and social distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings.

County health departments are offering walk-in vaccine clinics at multiple sites throughout the state, and information on vaccine availability can be found at vaccines.gov.

Active hospitalizations on Friday dropped to 61, down from 66 reported the day prior. Since March 2020, the virus has put 5,148 Montana residents in the hospital.

The latest addition of cases Friday brought the cumulative number of Montanans who have been infected by COVID-19 to 110,560 people. Of those who have tested positive, 107,903 are considered to be recovered, meeting the standards set by the CDC for individual to safely leave isolation after contracting the virus.

Another 2,969 tests were completed by Friday, for a total of more than 1.33 million tests conducted.

Counties added the following number of new cases in Friday’s update:

  • Gallatin County with 18 (103 active)
  • Yellowstone County with 18 (163 active)
  • Cascade County with 16 (227 active)
  • Flathead County with 16 (116 active)
  • Lewis and Clark County with 16 (80 active)
  • Missoula County with 15 (57 active)
  • Ravalli County with eight (31 active)
  • Glacier County with three (four active)
  • Jefferson County with three (11 active)
  • Silver Bow County with three (eight active)
  • Blaine County with two (17 active)
  • Carbon County with two (three active)
  • Hill County with two (six active)
  • Lake County with two (54 active)
  • Madison County with two (five active)
  • Rosebud County with two (12 active)
  • Big Horn County with one (12 active)
  • Lincoln County with one (seven active)
  • Musselshell County with one (two active)
  • Park County with one (77 active)
  • Pondera County with one (eight active)
  • Sanders County with one (one active)
  • Teton County with one (10 active)
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